AI vs Pachappa Camp
Riverside is NOT the First Koreatown as incorrectly claimed by the people of Riverside, California and Pachappa Camp. With no hidden self-serving agenda or financial scheme driving a hoax AI is 100% more believable than the book.
Pachappa Camp was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2021. It got duped into publishing Pachappa Camp. The writing in this book is shockingly poor. Besides having numerous errors and false claims about facts the weak composition of this book should have been enough reason to decline the manuscript. How the Series Editor Joong Hwang Oh of the City University of New York peddled this mistake filled book as educational material to Rowman and Littlefield is surprising.
Pachappa Camp endorsers Dr. Elaine Kim of UC Berkley and Dr. John Park of UC Santa Barbara overlooked the need for proper writing when publishing a book. The other endorser Dr. Angie Y Chung of SUNY University of Albany is another UC system PhD. How could these three "scholars" endorse such poor writing? Did any of them actually read Pachappa Camp? They must not have paid attention if they did. None of them are qualified as historians. Their endorsements conflict with the important standards of accurate Korean history. The questionable claims about Dosan clearly reflect the endorsers do not know enough about Dosan except how to spell his name.
University of California Riverside frequently produces inconsistent, limited and inaccurate information about Dosan and Pachappa. For an example of questionable research, the claims about Riverside uses limited information from the 1908 Riverside Sanborn Fire Insurance Map. This map is a key piece of "evidence" used to support the First Koreatown claim. Korean businesses and Missions in Redlands are shown on its 1908 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map. Why is there no inclusion of the Redlands 1908 map?
Riverside has also overlooked the Los Angeles based Koreans working in Pasadena in 1905. Selectively presented misleading information about the Pachappa migrant labor camp should not be proof for claims regarding the First Koreatown. Riverside's claims are incorrect and misleading. UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, UC Los Angeles have published studies on Korean and Korean American history. It is a University of California responsibility to conduct a peer review of research, revised information and cultivated selective history to substantiate the accuracy of major claims. The information about Koreans in communities like Pasadena or Los Angeles should not be excluded.
Ask ChatGPT AI website why Riverside is not the first Koreatown in the USA!
ChatGPT AI Answer:
Riverside, California has a significant Korean-American community, but it is not considered the first Koreatown in the USA for a few reasons.
The first Koreatown in the United States is typically attributed to the neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. The Koreatown neighborhood in Los Angeles began to form in the 1960s and 1970s, as many Korean immigrants settled in the area. This neighborhood is now one of the largest Koreatowns in the world, with many Korean-owned businesses and cultural institutions.
While there are certainly Korean-American communities in other parts of the United States, such as Riverside, they may not be as well-established or as culturally distinct as Koreatown in Los Angeles. Additionally, the term "Koreatown" is often used to describe a specific neighborhood or district where a concentration of Korean-American businesses and residents can be found, and Riverside does not have a designated area that is referred to as Koreatown.
Overall, while Riverside has a Korean-American population, it is not generally considered to be the first Koreatown in the United States.